Big, Bright Colors, New Adventures and Exciting, Expanded Programming Announced for Downtown Detroit Parks this Summer

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Downtown Detroit Partnership and Campus Martius Park Unveil 2013 Lineup and Placemaking

The Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) unveiled the first phase of the bold Placemaking vision announced earlier this year for downtown Detroit’s central core, as well as expanded, exciting programming for Summer in the Park 2013.

The vision, introduced and powered by Rock Ventures, the DDP, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, (DECG) and the City of Detroit, calls for “lighter, quicker, cheaper” amenities to activate Campus Martius and Cadillac Square, as well as Capitol Park, Grand Circus Park and Paradise Valley, and dramatically expands on existing activities, events and entertainment in these public spaces.

“The significant expansion of summer activities downtown represents a transformative partnership between the City of Detroit, the DDP, the DEGC and private industry,” said Bob Gregory Senior Vice President of the Downtown Detroit Partnership.

“We are excited to offer new and improved street and park activations to expand Summer in the Park and showcase three additional historic downtown public spaces. The programming will be unique and reflect the character and quality of each district,” Gregory added.

Summer in the Park 2013 is funded by DDP, with assistance from Rock Ventures.

“The placemaking vision for downtown Detroit is real as of today,” said Rock Ventures Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert. “Detroiters and visitors who come downtown will enjoy and experience the city’s urban core and public spaces in creative and innovative ways, unlike anything they have previously experienced downtown. Kids to seniors and everyone in between will find something fun and intriguing as they explore all of the new activities in our fast-changing urban center.”

New Placemaking

The Markets
Building from the great market history associated with Cadillac Square, a weekly food market and a monthly artisan market will be introduced this summer. Launching in June, Summer Time Food and The Market at Campus Martius Park will feature an area dedicated to dynamic retailers, artists, designers, crafters, vintage/antique dealers, craft-prepared food products, and distinctive apparel, home goods, and accessory brands during the popular entertainment series 4th Fridays 11a.m. – 9 p.m. and the following Saturdays 11 a.m. -7 p.m.

The Beach at Campus Martius Park
Modeled after the successful Paris Plage in Paris, France, the Beach at Campus Martius Park will be a new fun and relaxing gathering place. Located in the Park’s south end and adjacent to the fountain, the Beach will include a large deck with a variety of seating options as well as dining and beverage service, providing an opportunity for people of all ages to eat, drink, build sand castles and listen to great music.

Summer in the Park Events and Entertainment

Live Music Series
Summer in the Park 2013, presented by Quicken Loans, kicks off Monday, June 10 with the Mid-Day Music Series. The series features live music from noon to 2 p.m., Monday-Friday, for 11 weeks through August 28. The season offers more than 150 musical acts and entertainment in Campus Martius Park/Cadillac Square, Capitol Park, Grand Circus Park, and Beatrice Buck Park in Paradise Valley.

Expanded programming in Campus Martius will include a Tuesday night classical series, a Saturday KidZ Show for children and a Monday/Friday Lunchtime Acoustics in Cadillac Square, as well as a casual after-work series at The Beach at Campus Martius Park.

Headlining June music acts are Hot Sauce, Detroit’s own modern pop sensation, and Average White Band, the Scottish funk and soul band known for hits “Pick up the Pieces” and “Cut the Cake.” July’s music concerts feature Canadian rock band Thousand Foot Krutch, presented by 89X, and DMA Outstanding Reggae Band winner, Roots Vibrations. The season concludes in Detroit style with The Infatuations, a band with infectious sound and Detroit soul. Some of these entertainers are part of the popular 4th Fridays Series, presented by Compuware.

Other musical acts, like Roots Vibration, will headline the brand new music series: The Beach at Campus Martius Park, presented by Marketing Associates. This casual, after-work “beach party” invites those working, living, and playing in Downtown to escape to the sand with island sounds. This series runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Fridays July 12 and 19 and August 2, 9 and16.

“This is an exciting time for Detroit, and Compuware is excited to be a part of it,” said Bob Paul, CEO, Compuware. “These programs bring people together and energize the city. If you’ve been to one of these events in the past, then you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, I encourage you to come out and give it a try. You won’t be disappointed.”

Movie Night in the D
Back by popular demand is Movie Night in the D, presenting Academy Award-nominated and winning films under the stars in Campus Martius Park. Presented by Faygo, the films begin at dusk on Saturday nights from July 13-August 10.

Sunset in the City Music Thursdays, presented by GalaxE Solutions and Strategic Staffing Solutions, and the Healthy Moves series also return.

“We encourage everyone to come to the city’s fine downtown parks to enjoy a variety of activities, listen to music, relax on our beautiful lawns, or simply take in all of the sights and sounds that downtown Detroit has to offer,” Gregory said. “It will be a party!”

A complete program listing is available at

Sponsorship Support
Campus Martius Park is grateful to Quicken Loans for its presentation of Summer in the Park 2013, and the wonderful support from all of our official sponsors including Compuware Corporation, McDonald's, WXYZ Channel 7, Meridian Health Plan, GalaxE Solutions, Honigman, Marketing Associates, Boll Family YMCA, Absopure Water, T-Mobile, Faygo, Frankenmuth Brewery, The Detroit People Mover, Detroit Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau, Strategic Staffing Solutions, Clark Hill, Hines, Westin Book Cadillac Hotel, People's Transit, good people popcorn, 89X, 93.9 The River, Real Detroit Weekly, Associated Newspapers of Michigan, WRCJ 90.9FM, D-Hive, The Somerset Collection, Greko Printing, Blumz, Great Lakes Trophies, The Carr Center, Hard Rock Café, and Sterling Group, among others.

About Campus Martius Park
Campus Martius Park, Detroit’s Gathering Place and the centerpiece of revitalization in downtown, is a legacy gift to the city of Detroit from the Detroit 300 Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that has raised over $20 million to design, construct, and operate the Park through businesses, foundations, and individual donations. The nationally recognized Campus Martius Park is the recent recipient of The 2010 Urban Land Institute’s Amanda Burden Open Space Award. Program Planning for the Park was by Project For Public Spaces and the Park’s designer was Rundell Ernstberger Associates, LLC. For more information, contact the Detroit 300 Conservancy at 313-962-0101 or visit .

Summer in the Park 2013 Schedule

Cadillac Square                 
Summertime Food @ CMP, June 10 - August 23, Monday-Friday / 10a-2p            Downtown Detroit's new Cadillac Square Food Market presents a variety of unique food options for the lunchtime crowd at Campus Martius.

Games June-October, Monday-Friday / 12p-7p & Saturdays / 12p-4p    
Various table, lawn and board games supplied for the enjoyment of the general public and downtown workers.

Lunchtime Acoustics June 10-August 23, Mondays & Fridays / 12p-2p    
Detroit's finest singer/songwriters perform acoustic music for downtown workers and visitors at lunchtime.

Campus Martius Park                
Mid-day Music Series June 10-August 28, Monday-Friday / 12p-2p    
Lunchtime music series featuring the area's best local/regional rock, R&B, blues, country, soul and pop bands. Each Wednesday, 93.9 The River presents the Summer Lunchtime Concert Series

Classical Tuesdays July 9-30, Tuesdays / 7p-8:30p        
Orchestral ensembles perform classic selections in the beautiful park setting.

Sunset in the City Thursdays
Presented by GalaxE Solutions and Strategic Staffing Solutions                                
June 27, July 11-25, August 1-22, Thursdays / 5:30p-8:30p            
Wind down the work-day with top local talent, tasty cuisine and drink selections from the Fountain Bistro.

The Beach @ CMP
Presented by Marketing Associates                                        
July 12-19, August 2-16 Fridays / 5:30p-8:30p
Treat yourself to a casual after-work "beach setting" in downtown Detroit with island sounds on the Frankenmuth Brewery stage. Food & drinks.

Compuware 4th Fridays in the Park June 28, July 26, August 23, 4th Fridays / 5p-10:30p
Downtown summer music celebrations each Fourth Friday feature live music, food, drink and a hot new marketplace.

The Market @ CMP 4th Friday/Saturday Weekend Entertainment, June 28-29, July 26-27, Aug 23-24, 4th Fri/11a-9p & 4th Sat/11a-6p                    
Fourth Fridays & Saturdays at downtown Detroit's new Cadillac Square Market include a rhythmic mix of music and variety entertainment for the whole family.

KidZ Show June 22-29, July 13-27, August 3-17, Saturdays / 2p-4p    
Children's theatre and dance performed on the park's main stage followed by hands-on arts projects and games.

Faygo Movie Night in the "D" July 13-27, August 3-10, Saturdays / 8:30p-11p
Academy award-winning feature films outdoors on the big park screen. Popcorn, food & drink available.

Healthy Moves June-August Fridays / 5:30p-6:30p, Saturdays / 9:30a-10:30a    
Yoga, running club, dance lessons and family fitness activities presented by the Boll Family YMCA.

Capitol Park                
Music / Movies/ GalleryAugust 2-23, Fridays / 8:30p-11p, Saturday, August 24     
Goods times in Capitol Park featuring live music, art showings and interactives, hit movies and more!

Grand Circus Park                
Jazz and Stage in the Park
July 10-31, August 7-14, Wednesdays / 5:30p-8:30p            
Special presentations from Jazz, Shakespeare-in-the-Park to musical theatre to choral sensations to dance productions.

Healthy Moves June-August, Thursdays / 6:30p-8:30p, Saturdays / 1p-3p, Sundays / 11a-12p
Volleyball, yoga and family fitness activities presented by the Boll Family YMCA.

Paradise Valley (Beatrice Buck Park)        
Lunchtime in Paradise June 10-August 22, Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:30a-1:30p    
Live music performances enliven this pocket park with the sounds of jazz, Broadway, R&B and the blues in downtown's Paradise Valley district. Recorded sounds fill the air on Monday/Wednesday/Friday.

Paradise Arts Festivals June 22, July 20, August 24, Saturdays / 12p-9p     
A monthly cultural arts festival with a focus on visual arts, dance and music -- plus specialty acts, eclectic retail and food/drink specials.

ALL FOUR DOWNTOWN PARKS                 
Downtown Summerfest!
Presented by the Detroit People Mover        
Friday, Aug 23 & Saturday, Aug 2412p-10:30p                
A two-day downtown Detroit celebration presenting arts & entertainment, food & drink, and special activities in/around all four park settings.

4th Fridays in the Park June 28, July 26, August 23, 4th Fridays / 5p-10:30p
Downtown summer music celebrations each Fourth Friday feature live music, food, drink and a hot new marketplace.

Woodward Festival Saturday, Aug 2412p-10:30p                
A day-long celebration of the arts with food & fun and special entertainment.

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